Horror Nights at Universal

With an $89 ticket and a group of friends, the anticipation builds for a frightful night. This would be my first time visiting the haunting Horror Nights at Universal Studios and I was looking forward to an adventure. The park opened at 5:00 p.m. for early guests who wanted to get a glimpse of some of the available rides and mazes, but the night officially began at 7:00 p.m.. Once your ticket is scanned, people pile up near the front gate where haunting characters and actors in makeup appear ready to welcome anyone. The music becomes creepier and grows louder when suddenly the gates open and everyone runs with adrenaline.

Everyone runs for spots in line for available mazes and a certain rides, including the Mummy and Jurassic Park. Going on a Friday night, long waits were inevitable, ranging from 30 minutes to 75 minutes. From tiring walks to planning the order in which mazes to go first, our feet grew tired by the end of the night. However, the mazes were worth every penny and every feet-aching moment.

In each maze were strobe lights, pitch black rooms, small lights and booming music that ached up everyone’s spine. Universal did an amazing job with scaring everyone through the music and lighting portrayed within every maze. Every turn taken was a surprise: either an actor would pop out to scare the crowd or special effects created a chilling atmosphere. Everything about the mazes seemed to be put together with much care and thought.

One of the other best parts, were the availability to go on the everyday rides the park has to offer. Some of the rides were open, with less wait, if any groups needed a break from the scare of the mazes.

Overall, by the end of the night, even with the aching feet and tired bodies, the night was worth every scare. The mazes were well put together and included the perfect atmosphere to get scared in.

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